Making Kumiko Latticework

Credit: Igarashi Junya

Making Kumiko Latticework

Making Kumiko Latticework

Credit: Igarashi Junya

Get a first-hand experience of Hida master carpentry in a workshop at Japan House London in which participants use kumiko latticework techniques to craft a beautiful decorative wooden object.

Kumiko is a type of Japanese latticework in which strips of wood are fitted together without using any nails or glue to create decorative geometric patterns. The technique has been popular in the Hida region and throughout Japan since ancient times and is often used in the creation of shо̄ji, translucent partitions used in Japanese architecture.

During the small-group workshops, each participant can gain an understanding of the history and high-precision techniques of kumiko while assembling a beautiful coaster-sized kumiko decoration which can be taken home.

The workshops at Japan House are led by Kawakami Shingo, a woodworking craftsperson from Nissin Furniture Crafters, one of Takayama City’s leading furniture manufacturers.

The workshop is part of a programme of events surrounding the exhibition The Carpenters’ Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama. 

Booking tickets

Please choose a date below and click on the button to book your ticket. You will be able to select your preferred workshop time at the point of booking. 

Saturday 1 October 2022, 13:30-14:30 / 16:30-17:30 Event closed
Sunday 2 October 2022, 13:30-14:30 / 16:30-17:30 Event closed


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About the Workshop Instructor

Nissin Furniture Crafters

Nissin Furniture Crafters was founded in 1946 in Hida Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. Since their establishment, their design principle has been prioritizing costumers’ needs while designing and crafting furniture. The roots of their design style trace back to their visit to Scandinavia in 1963. They combined the essence of Scandinavian design with Japanese craftsmanship from Hida and developed a series of products that are practical, accessible, and durable. In 2010, Nissin Furniture Crafters produced a magnificent kumiko lattice ‘flower transom’ (hana-ranma) for the restoration of Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Palace which garnered widespread attention.

This event has been made possible with the support of Takayama City and Gifu Prefecture.